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Elastic Days

J Mascis - Elastic Days
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2018 Ratings: #379 / 705
User Score
Based on 35 ratings
2018 Ratings: #467
November 9, 2018 / Release Date
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Sub Pop / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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Spectrum Culture

Elastic Days is an album of eloquent simplicity, full of quiet moments that leave a mark on the listener even at their most discreet and unobtrusive, moments that offer a great measure of solace even at their most restlessly self-doubting.


'Elastic Days' may set no new fires burning here, but it is instead a collection of expertly crafted lo-fi anthems packed with moments of exquisite beauty.


This will probably be labeled a folk-rock record, but at its core Elastic Days rocks. As always in the expanding world of Mr. Mascis, rock is alive and well — it's the only way to be.


It’s a plaintive, poetic, and endlessly endearing return, a sign that the acoustic well, while previously untapped, remains brimming with inspiration.


Who could have predicted, back in the early days of the band, that he’d one day end up sounding quite this melodic.


He's been enjoying an impressive winning streak as a solo artist, and Elastic Days is another example of the strength and confidence he's gained from turning down the volume.

The Line of Best Fit

Written with a truthful earnestness, Elastic Days is a concentrated distillation of his most melodic sensibilities.


With Elastic Days, he’s arrived at the sort of refined folk-rock that the ’90s iteration of Dinosaur Jr. probably would’ve made had it continued veering toward the middle of the road.


Even though this is not a revolutionary work, it shows that this guy is a great, skilled songwriter and Elastic Days displays all the wisdom he has gathered through the years.

Slant Magazine

Elastic Days takes a little time to warm up to, but once it’s sunk in, it’s as comfortable as an old pair of jeans.

Under The Radar

It contains every element of Dinosaur Jr.'s appeal, from the soaring hooks to the blistering guitar solos—though Mascis has cleaned his tone up, or at least turned the master volume down from a 10—and inward.

Drowned in Sound

There are no alarms and no surprises on Elastic Days. J establishes a pattern - acoustic guitars, yearning vocals, electric solo all underpinned by energetic drumming – which he doesn’t really deviate from for the whole album.

Northern Transmissions

In this solo venture, Mascis is brutal in his lyricism and storytelling but leaves his arrangements absolutely bland.

Loud and Quiet

Each song is built with the same base structure; a ’90s jam-session that’s found its way into the new world where originality is applauded no matter what.


'Elastic Days' may set no new fires burning here, but it is instead a collection of expertly crafted lo-fi anthems packed with moments of exquisite beauty.

#1 See You at the Movies
#6 Give It Off
#7 Drop Me
J Masics gives us a very listenable, pleasant lo-fi acoustic set that is easy to turn on and just listen to. No new ground is being broken, and the whole album is very simple, but it's just nice to listen to.
Definitely no Tied To A Star but it's probably the coolest new release so far in November.
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Track List

  1. See You at the Movies
  2. Web so Dense
  3. I Went Dust
  4. Sky Is All We Had
  5. Picking out the Seeds
  6. Give It Off
  7. Drop Me
  8. Cut Stranger
  9. Elastic Days
  10. Sometimes
  11. Wanted You Around
  12. Everything She Said
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Added on: August 21, 2018